JONESBORO, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) –
The Arkansas State University men's basketball program will be well
represented in the inaugural Arkansas Men's College Basketball All-Star
Game, which is set for this Saturday (April 5) at the Summit Arena in
Hot Springs, Ark.
Senior guards Ed Townsel and Brandon Reed along with senior forward Kirk Van Slyke, all of Arkansas State, have accepted an invitation to compete in the men's college all-star contest. The three student-athletes concluded their collegiate careers for the Red Wolves this 2013-14 season.
This first-ever all-star game, which is being hosted by Arkansas Alumni Classic Inc., will feature most of the top 20 male and female basketball seniors encompassing those colleges from the state of Arkansas. The men's college basketball all-star game starts at 5:30 p.m. (CT) with the Arkansas Legends All-Star contest to follow at 7:30 p.m. (CT). The women's college basketball all-star game is slated for a 3:30 p.m. (CT) tipoff. A three-point shooting contest and a slam dunk competition will follow the women's game.
During the event, the Arkansas College Men's and Women's Basketball Player of the Year Award recipients will be announced.
Prices are $20, $15, and $10 for those who buy their tickets at Summit Arena and fans may also purchase online through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com.
Townsel concluded his four-year (2010-14) A-State career ranking among the program's all-time leaders in several statistical categories. The 6-0, 171-pound guard finished third in career steals (173), fourth in three-point field goals made (176), 12th in three-point field goal percentage (.355), and 16th in points (1,777). Townsel, who hails from Starkville, Miss., set a school record in career games played with 129 appearances. This season, Townsel averaged 9.7 points (310 pts.) and 3.7 rebounds (118 rebs.) per contest in 32 encounters with 26 occuring in a starting capacity.
Reed, who started in 19 of 32 games played in, scored an average of 9.6 points (308 pts.) to go with 2.4 rebounds (77 rebs.) an outing. Reed, a 6-4, 182-pound backcourt player from Powder Springs, Ga., wrapped up his two-year (2009-10 and 2013-14) career at A-State with 777 points, 182 rebounds, 141 assists, and 102 three-point field goals made in 63 games.
Van Slyke ranked second among A-State's leaders this campaign with 14.9 points a game (477 pts.) and 5.9 rebounds a contest (188 rebs.). The 6-10, 228-pound forward registered a team-high 38 blocked shots this season as a starter in all 32 A-State games. Van Slyke, who's from The Woodlands, Texas, collected second-team All-Sun Belt Conference (SBC) laurels for the 2013-14 campaign. He also received SBC Second-Team accolades by College Sports Madness and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 24 First-Team recognition in his lone season for the Red Wolves.
The Arkansas College Basketball All-Star game will provide quality athletic entertainment for all ages. The focus of the entire weekend is centered on fostering active healthy lifestyles, higher education and will be utilized as a catalyst to spread the love of basketball throughout the state of Arkansas.
Arkansas Alumni Classic Inc. is a sports marketing company, which specializes in hosting athletic events. For more information, please visit http://www.arkansasalumniclassic.com
The three helped Arkansas State, under head coach John Brady, produce a 19-13 overall record for the 2013-14 season. The 19 victories matched the program's highest single-season wins total since 1997-98 (20-9 overall) and equals the 2012-13 A-State squad's wins output (19-12 overall). The last time A-State compiled consecutive 19-win or more seasons was from 1986-89 when the Red Wolves went 21-13 overall in 1986-87, 21-14 in 1987-88, and 20-10 in 1988-89.